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Welcome to the ELITE website! ELITE team is committed to providing excellence and leadership to the diverse MC community in the areas of instructional professional development, learning technology support and college-wide academic initiatives. We hold ourselves accountable to seek and provide practical, innovative solutions to enhance the learning experience of faculty, staff and students.

You can now access workshop material through The Hubnew window, which serves as an online repository of teaching tips and strategies created by Montgomery College faculty and to provide a virtual space for faculty to discuss innovative teaching ideas. Check out the Five-Minute Faculty Development Videosnew window and Teaching Tips of the Monthnew window on The Hub!

The Hub: A Virtual Space for Teaching Resources Developed by MC Faculty

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Flexibility and Accessibility

"By being able to learn in an online environment, it allows [students] to choose when they want to learn and where they want to learn, and that flexibility helps create opportunity for students."

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Professional Development
Learn about our workshops, classes, and programs. ELITE offers several learning pathway certificate programs every year.
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Calendar
Take a look at our calendar to see what workshops and classes ELITE is offering for all employees.
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Online Teaching Trainings
Looking to teach online? Find out how to get started with Blackboard, the Learning Management System that the College uses for online classes.

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Professional Development Master Plan 2018 - 2020

Employee engagement contributes to innovation and organizational effectiveness, which furthers the mission of student success. View the Employee Professional Development Master Plan 2018 – 2020 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) for information.

Recommendations for the Professional Development Master Plan fall under a list of broad overarching goals. Implementation updates have been provided for each goal’s associated recommendations. View the Employee Professional Development Master Plan 2018 – 2020 Recommendations and Updates document (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Upcoming Professional Development Events for Spring 2020

MarylandOnline member institutions will have priority for these events. There is no cost for MOL members but participants will need to register to get the information.

WEBINARS

Mental Health in the Online Classroom, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Emily Rosado (Professor of English, Montgomery College and Stephanie Will, Mental Health Services Program Manager, Montgomery College)

This session will discuss how to recognize students who may be struggling with their mental health, how to respond appropriately, and how to refer them for additional support. Visit Mental Health in the Online Classroom SP20new window to register for event.

Accessibility Resources, Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Deb Dorsey (Assistant Professor of Health, Harford Community College)

This webinar will review free easy-to-access resources you can use in your online courses to help make them accessible. Register by going to Accessibility Resources SP20new window.

Flex Courses, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Facilitators: John Bone (Program Director / Associate Professor of Multimedia Technology, Allegany College of Maryland)

This webinar will review the challenges and successes of setting up and offering Flex courses. “Flex” refers to a single course that is concurrently offered in three formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Register by going to Flex Courses SP20new window.

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Commons, Maryland’s Collaborative, Online Open Educational Resources Platform, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: MJ Bishop (Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation University System of Maryland), Colleen McKnight (Director of Library Services, Frederick Community College, M.O.S.T. Commons Library Fellow), and Melissa Goldberg (Consultant, edBridge Partners)

During this webinar presenters will provide an overview of the M.O.S.T. Commons, demonstrate how the site works, provide participants with a preview of the searchable resources and collections and ways faculty and staff can upload and/or create resources, show examples of ways Maryland educators are collaborating on their OER initiatives using the M.O.S.T. Commons functionality, and answer participants’ questions. Register by going to Using the Referatory SP20.new window

Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons, Thursday, April 16, 2020, Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Buddy Muse, Program Manager, E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE)

In this workshop the complex concept of copyright is defined and described. Creative Commons, a licensing agent that works with copyright, yet is different from it, is also explained. Register by going to OER Copyright SP2.new window

MOLLI – Leading from Where You Are: Perspectives in Faculty Leadership, April 30, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register by going to MOLLI Faculty Leadership SP20new window.

 

FACE -TO-FACE EVENTS

MOLLI - Diversity in Leadership Event, Friday, April 3, 2020, Harford Community College, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information and registration link to come.

Accessibility Fix It Workshop - Co-sponsored with Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA), Monday, May 18, 2020, Chesapeake College, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Deb Dorsey (Assistant Professor of Health, Harford Community College)
More information and registration link to come.

Accessibility Fix It Workshop - Co-sponsored with Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA), Monday, June 1, 2020, Garret College, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Deb Dorsey (Assistant Professor of Health, Harford Community College)
More information and registration link to come.

Newsletter
To kick off Spring 2020, take a few minutes to enjoy this edition of the Office of E-Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence newsletter (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) . There are articles on new professional development pathways, fellowship information and staff and faculty spotlights.
Cultural Exchange
Fostering educational innovation and cultural exchange across 6,000 miles, MC representatives participated in a Montgomery County Sister Cities delegation visit to Ethiopia earlier this year. Led by Councilmember Craig Rice, the delegation visited Gondar, Ethiopia, and the University of Gondar. Read full story about Sister Cities Ethiopia Programnew window.
Academy

Each semester, full-time faculty in their first, second, and third year at Montgomery College sign up for one workshop series in the Academy. 

During the Spring 2020 semester, ELITE offers five different workshop series for faculty.

Spring 2020 schedule. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

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